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ASUOGYAMAN: manual for Assembly Members launched

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Akosombo Nov. 21 GNA-A Manual for Assembly Members titled “Effective Communications with Constituents”, a product of Socioserve-Ghana, a Civil Society Organization (CSO), has been launched at Akosombo in the Asuogyaman District.

Mrs Josephine Sackey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Socioserve-Ghana, said the manual was a product of Socioserve-Ghana’s Rights Based Advocacy project titled “Promoting the Rights of the Vulnerable to Information (PRIVI).

It was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Governance and Transparency Fund through the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK and managed nationally by the Participatory Development Associates (PDA) in Accra.

Mrs Sackey said during the course of the project, it became evident that information and communication processes between Assembly Members and their constituents needed strengthening.

“As a result, this manual was developed for assembly members with the aim of equipping them with effective communication and engagement strategies so as to contribute to improving local governance in Ghana”.

She said the manual sought to introduce assembly members to the relevance of effective communication in local governance and their role in promoting representative democracy.

It also aims to equip assembly members with techniques and strategies for effective citizen/community engagement process and strategies as well as how to ensure active participation of their constituents in decision making.

Mrs Sackey said the manual sought to outline strategies to deal with some challenges assembly members faced in the discharge of their duties.

“The launch of this manual is a result of over two years of hard work, not only of the Socioserve-Ghana team but also of the Presiding Member and assembly members as well as the groups that we have worked with within the Asuogyaman District”.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, a Lecturer at the School of Communications Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, who launched the manual said she considered the manual as an attempt to helping district assemblies improve upon information flow between assembly members and their constituents, to engage more effectively with those they represent.


Posted: 22-Nov
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